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Nurturing Tomorrow’s Innovation

With the growing acceptance of the finite limits of Earth’s resources and the realisation that we are edging closer to that limit, innovation and sustainability are becoming front of mind issues for governments, communities and businesses around the world. The challenge is how can we continue to develop, socially and economically, in a more efficient, sustainable and equitable manner?

Intel believes that innovation is the answer. For over forty years Intel has been at the forefront of the technology innovation that is reshaping Asia Pacific economies, creating new opportunities and improving the quality of life for hundreds of millions of people.

The spirit of inquiry is an essential element in creating the next generation of innovators. Promoting and nurturing that spirit of inquiry among students is the primary goal of the Intel® Future Scientist Program, [ video ] which was launched in India in February, in partnership with leading NGOs, social organisations and governments. The initiative is aimed at enabling the next generation of innovators by providing students with a solid grounding in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through curricula, competitions and online educational resources. Central to the program is the Intel Future Scientist Curriculum, which is designed to help teachers learn how to spark curiosity among students and foster the spirit of innovation through project based learning and participation in national and international science fairs.

In Malaysia, we partnered with Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) to put on the MDeC-Intel Microprocessor Design Forum (MIMDF). The forum saw twenty-five lecturers from nine higher learning institutes to come together to participate in a series of lectures and lab sessions on the applications and practical aspects of the VLSI (Very Large Scale Integration) Design Curriculum. Participating universities were assigned projects on Intellectual Property (IP) Design with the outcome to be shared in 9 months’ time.

Similarly, in Taiwan we were excited to announce the results of years of collaborative work with the Ministry of Education. The Embedded Software Consortium is part of Intel’s long-term collaboration with academia, and aims to nurture Taiwanese technical talent by supporting universities as they develop curricula to keep pace with changing computing industry dynamics, especially the emergence of parallel computing.

Continuing our efforts in fostering innovation through education, in May, we witnessed the talents from students across the Asia Pacific come together at the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair ( ISEF ), proudly representing their countries. Innovation depends on effective education: helping students become creative problem-solvers and entrepreneurial inventors. Intel ISEF not only provides a forum to inspire and enable students on a path to research and innovation, it also promotes their work and celebrates their success.

We wholeheartedly believe in the powerful impact of knowledge and its application within our community. Year after year, this continues to fuel our efforts in supporting education as the foundation for innovation. The next great world changing idea will come from youth in our region. Intel champions learning programs that are grounded in tomorrow’s challenges, as well as those of today.